STOKE City manager Mark Hughes is wary of basement club Newcastle United ahead of Monday night’s meeting between the two sides.
Alan Pardew is under intense pressure from fans after a winless start to the Premier League season.
But previously shot-shy Newcastle beat Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night – and came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Hull City last weekend.
“It seems to be a difficult time at the moment, but Alan is a very experienced Premier League manager,” said Hughes.
“He’s been four or five seasons in charge at a big club. He’s been through similar periods before and come out the other side.
“There’s been a lot of changes he’s had to deal with, but his team has shown a lot of character in the last couple of games.
“They seem like they are still playing for him, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be.
“From our point of view, it’s a bit of a shame there’s been a return of confidence after coming back from a difficult situation in the league and then getting a great cup win in the week. So confidence may be higher than it was 10 days ago.
“We want to take care of our business, and if it adds to the pressure Alan is under he will understand that. That’s the business we are in.”
Stoke, meanwhile, knocked Sunderland out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.